20 Must-See Movies to Catch at SXSW 2017

From Charlize Theron kicking ass to music docs, midnight movies and the making of 'The Room' – what to see at the Austin-based film fest

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'Song to Song'
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'Song to Song'

Mileage may vary on Terrence Malick's output since he went from being cinema's J.D. Salinger to one of the more prolific American directors working today. But a new Malick movie is still a big deal, full stop, and his latest is set in what should be a fertile landscape for soul-searching: the Austin music scene. Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman are folks caught up in an art vs. commerce conundrum; everyone from Iggy Pop to John Lydon, Patti Smith to Florence Welch, Iron and Wine to the Arcade Fire allegedly show up as themselves. The trailer suggests the agony and the ecstasy we've come to expect from the man's late-career work.

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